Optional Morning Balloon Ride (05:00-07:30) + F/D Cappadocia Gorem
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Optional Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride You will be transferred from your hotel to the flight center for a Turkish style open-buffet breakfast. Then you will be transferred to the Flight Center’s landing area. Before sunrise, the pilots will check on the weather and the appropriate landing area for the flight. Day is dawning, balloons are inflating : you can take pictures of the marvelous view of the balloon and Cappadocia. When the inflation is finished, you will be welcomed on board and we will start our ascension… Balloon flight has begun ! We go where the wind takes us. The sky is layered with air currents so the pilot heats the air inside the balloon with the burner to rise into currents with different directions. The view of Cappadocia from above is marvelous. You can take pictures and our crew will be happy to take pictures of you in the balloon. Don’t forget your cameras ! Your flight time will be approximately one hour. We are welcome to land on many open fields in the area we fly over. Your pilot will begin the gentle descent when he finds an appropriate landing site where we are met by our experienced ground crew. After packing up the balloon, while you are toasting champagne, we will give your certificates. Then you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Goreme Tour After departure from our hotel, our first stop – to take photos – will be at Uc Guzeller (famous fairy chimneys). We then continue to the Devrent Valley were you will see – as we walk through this amazing valley - other samples of fairy chimneys. Among these are those with caps, cones, mushroom like forms pillars and pointed rocks. The next stop is the “Monks’ valley” where again we will see another type of fairy chimneys of which one with 3 “heads” : the Saint Simeon and a hermit’s shelter carved in these cones We then drive to Avanos, a center known for its terra cotta potteries, a craft dating back from the Hittite period : the red clay comes from the residue of the Kizilirmak river. This river – the longest of Turkey - divides the town in two. Here we will have our lunch.
In the afternoon, we proceed to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a valley of frescoed churches, chapels and monasteries carved in the fairy chimneys between the 10th and 13th centuries. Before we return to our hotel, we will have a rest to take some pictures of the Uchisar Castle (the highest point of Cappadocia ) and from Esentepe, a place known for its breathtaking panorama.
Highlights (Ucguzeller, Dervent Valley, Pasabagi (Monks Valley), Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle)
O/N Cappadocia (Breakfast + Lunch)